LeBron James Gets Into Bizarre Beef With Nick Saban Over Barbershop Show
Earlier this week it was reported that LeBron James and his team had sent Alabama a cease and desist letter after the school announced it was releasing their own barbershop roundtable show featuring Bama coach Nick Saban which was fairly similar to LeBron’s Uninterrupted show “The Shop”.
On Monday, UNINTERRUPTED sent a letter to Alabama addressing concerns over copyright infringement and intellectual property appropriation.
“The Shop” was developed by James and UNINTERRUPTED co-founder Maverick Carter. Its first episode, which premiered during the 2017 NBA Finals, generated approximately 4 million views across UNINTERRUPTED.com and ESPN’s YouTube channel, according to a copy of the letter obtained by ESPN.
“Your continued exploitation of ‘Shop Talk’ infringes ‘UNINTERRUPTED’s’ copyright, trademark rights and other valuable intellectual property rights in ‘The Shop’ and significantly damages ‘UNINTERRUPTED’s’ commercial prospects for ‘The Shop,'” the letter reads, in part.
Coach Saban heard about LeBron’s complaints and immediately fired back.